Summary: I've been looking for powered monitors for my Alesis Multimix-8 through my Toshiba laptop to edit &amp; mix old 4-track band tapes. I was apprehensive reading all the great reviews on these little monitors. But the reviews are right, they are AMAZING! I set them up in the "triangle" pattern suggested in the manual and heard every detail in the mix, all with out the Bass Boost on. I still can't believe this sound is coming out of these little speakers!
Summary: These speakers are great for what they are, especially for the price. But if you're looking for high quality studio monitors, you're going to be spending more than $100.00. I bought these for portability purposes. If you're shopping around for a set of monitors for your home studio, I would recommend spending a little more and getting something a little more substantial.
Summary: For the money it's hard to do better than the Alesis M1 Active series. Have owned both the original and now the Mk2 versions. For recording I have found that if a mix sounds good on the M1s it will almost certainly sound good everywhere else (car, home stereo, ipod). Of course at this size they're not going to shake the room, and you have to get them set up so that you're in the sweet spot, but this isn't hard.
Summary: I recently moved and my mini home studio is in my living room. I rarely use monitors due to neighbors especially my old pro ones because even at the lowest settings they were too loud. I bought these for a semi-pro level and for their size. The sound is a lil too mid range but still good enough. Don't even bother with the bass boost, it sounds like you put a cardboard box over the speakers. I haven't tried the interface inputs yet because I have others.
Summary: I use this for my laptop. This can be used for anything with a USB port as well. The bottom end on this pair is superior. I'm surprised at how good this product is considering its affordability. This is what I use to monitor my final mixes from my laptop. It's as good as any studio monitors, but this is laptop/PC friendlier with its USB connectivity, without any softwares to install, you simply just plug and listen to superior audio quality.
Summary: For their size, these speakers do an excellent job of reproducing a full range of sound. If you are expecting high power that will blow you away, get larger speakers, these are not meant for that purpose. Alesis has done an excellent job matching the internal amplifiers with the speakers. Solid construction, even after being dropped these still sound the same, no noise or rattles (do not try at home).